Buhari, ECOWAS decry power deficits for 350m inhabitants

Sat Nov 9th, 2019 - Abuja (FCT)

• Seek Cooperation For WAPP’s $36.4billion Plan, Economic Growth
President Muhammadu Buhari and stakeholders from across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), yesterday in Abuja, insisted that unless the region improved current synergy, over 350 million inhabitants might continue to feel the implications of the region’s prevailing power challenge.

Calling for support to achieve the objectives of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), the stakeholders who decried the impact of electricity deficit in the region, said there was need to achieve the regions $36.4 billion integration.WAPP, a specialised agency that is expected to integrate national power systems in the region into a unified regional electricity market, aimed at providing in the medium and long term, regular and reliable energy at a competitive cost to the region.

Speaking at the 14th session of WAPP General Assembly focusing on “ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market: Today and Future Opportunities, Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Federation, Boss Mustapha, acknowledged that countries with improved electricity access, would continue to lead in terms of industrial and economic development.He, therefore, tasked ECOWAS countries to harness, develop and share energy resources with the primary objectives of improving access to steady and affordable electricity.




source: Guardian